For the second consecutive year, many farmers with antique tractors gathered at a Lowland farm to provide a weekend of plowing and a chance to fellowship.
Odell Atkins, of Thorn Hill, one of the drivers, took time to discuss the purpose of this activity.
“We like having these plow days to use our old tractors and plows,” Atkins said. “This is kind of a thing of the past, but we really enjoy it. A lot of people like to come watch and participate.”
John Litz, owner of the land in the Lowland community of Hamblen County, gave Atkins permission to have a plow day this year. Litz also let a group of tractor drivers and plowers have a similar plow day in west Hamblen County last year.
“It if wasn’t for people like John Litz, we wouldn’t have the fields to do this in,” Atkins said. “We really appreciate him for letting us do it.”
Atkins said that there was a plow day held in Kyles Ford in April.
The Lowland plow was scheduled for Halloween this year, but was moved back due to wet conditions.
Tractors plowing included a 1951 McCormick Farm All, a 1960s John Deere 4010, a 1975-76 John Deere 6030, a 1975-76 John Deere 5020, a 1953 Case, an 80A John Deere, 60A John Deere and a 70A John Deere. This was an increase of two tractors from last year’s Plow Day held at Litz’ property located off U.S. Highway 11E across from Inteplast.
Some of the farmers’ families made a day of it, grilling hot dogs for lunch while the farmers plowed the first half of Friday.
“The eating’s good too,” Atkins said. “Eating and plowing go hand in hand.”